Travel Alert January 2020: Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

At least one fatality was reported as a result of a series of dozens of earthquakes and aftershocks — some of which measured on the Richter scale up to a magnitude of 5.6 — have rocked much of the island of Puerto Rico since Monday, January 6, 2020, which caused the collapse of the iconic soaring stone arch natural wonder along the southern coast known as Punta Ventana or Window Point; structural damage and electric outages across much of the island territory.

Travel Alert January 2020: Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

The most significant of the earthquakes occurred approximately eight kilometers — or almost 4.35 miles — south of Indios in Puerto Rico at 3:24:26 in the morning Eastern Standard Time today, Tuesday, January 7, 2020; and it measured on the Richter scale as a magnitude of 6.4.

Reports via Twitter document some of the damage:

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Puerto Rico over the next few days, expect possible delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to these earthquakes which may adversely affect your travel plans — especially due to aftershocks.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of the affected areas, watch out for traffic problems due to crumbled infrastructure.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the earthquake:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Thursday, January 9, 2020; and Tuesday, January 14, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Thursday, January 9, 2020; and Monday, January 13, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Thursday, January 9, 2020; and Monday, January 13, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Thursday, January 9, 2020; and Thursday, January 23, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Wednesday, January 8, 2020; and Friday, January 10, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and San Juan for Tuesday, January 7, 2020 through Wednesday, January 8, 2020; and Monday, January 13, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Some areas of Puerto Rico which were affected by the earthquakes still had not recovered from the wrath of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria back in September of 2017, which have devastated much of the island territory.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico.

Source: The United States Geological Survey.

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